Monday, July 15, 2013

Jalapeno Heaven & Karma Tequila Tasting–Branford, CT

Disclosure: I was invited to taste food free of charge as part of a blogger meet-up.  All opinions are my own.

On Sunday, I went to a Connecticut Blogger meet-up at Jalapeno Heaven in Branford, CT.  Bonnie from Home Place Blogger, worked with her friend Gail, the owner of Jalapeno Heaven and Scott a brand ambassador from Karma Tequila to put on this great event! I was excited that the meet-up was pretty close to my house, but now that I’ve tasted everything, I am excited that there is such an awesome Mexican restaurant nearby!

sangria

We started off with a glass of their super yummy, (yup, that’s how I describe things) House Sangria with a basket of their house made, colorful, tortilla strips.  There were also two types of fresh salsa on the side.  Both were really great a packed a ton of flavor.

While we were munching away on chips and sipping our sangria, we learned all about Karma Tequila from Scott.

 

 

karmatequila

Karma Tequila is 100% Agave with no additives (Paleo friendly!) It is a handcrafted blend of double and triple distilled tequila.  Not only is it incredibly smooth and decidedly “hangover-proof” (I can vouch for that!) but, with each purchase Karma will donate money to Karma Cares a non-profit that is dedicated to improving the lives of children all over the world.

Then, it was time to get down to business. Food sampling.  They had quite the selection of food for us and we started off with four different appetizers.appetizers

I ate all of the creamy, delicious and not fishy tasting Cream of Seafood Tortilla.  I even ate the tortilla bowl that it was served in and all the toppings! Then, I did the same with the juicy and hearty bowl of Hector’s Chili (hey, those tortilla bowls are delish!) I was a little upset/jealous though that the chili was better than my homemade one! I thought I was going to be able to have a little break from eating when it came time for the Firecrackers, because I don’t do hot and the Chipotle Chicken Chalupa Bites, because I’m not a chipotle fan. Nope, they were both amazing!

Next, we had a build-a-salad.  They have a ton of options and the combinations are pretty much endless.  Kind of like a salad bar without the work!buildasalad

entrees

Time for the entrees! My favorites were the White Enchilada with Spanish Rice, the shredded chicken inside was simply uh-mazing and the Filet de Chipotle with Mexican Potato Pancakes. Yes, the chipotle dish was one of my faves! I have never seen Filet Mignon on the menu at a Mexican restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised by this twist on a “steak and potatoes” dinner. 

The entrees were served with… Margarita’s!!margaritas

A Karma-rita and a Pomegranate Margarita.  Both were made with Karma Silver Tequila and sour mix that Jalapeno Heaven has specially made.  They were awesome!

Also, during this time our table somehow convinced Scott from Karma to let us sample a tequila shot.  Now, let me tell you, I am neither a shot person or a tequila person, but it went down so smooth! No regrets!

…And because there is always room for dessert – why not have 3?!

desserts

They were all delicious, I can’t really pick a favorite.  Bananas Foster, flambéed tableside and served with vanilla ice cream, a chimichanga that tasted like a warm apple pie in the middle and flan, I just love flan! All. so. good.

If you are in the area, you’ve got to check this place out!

Jalapeno Heaven

40 N. Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 481-6759

…and check out Karma Tequila’s website to find a store or restaurant nearby that carries this awesome tequila!

Thanks so much to everyone who made this great day possible!

17 comments:

  1. Sarah, I'm so glad you were able to come and, oh! what a great time we had!

    I loved learning all about the tequila distilling process, and, of course, I love the food at Jalapeno Heaven!

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  2. I have to say that the Cream of Seafood Tortilla was my favorite and the oh so yummy Sangria. We had never been there either and were super happy to find such a quality Mexican restaurant closeby.

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  3. Amo comer en jalapeno heaven, ahi tambien hicimos la comida de casamiento, amo ese lugar!!!

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  4. Jalapeno Heaven is an amazing place to eat. I am an extremely picky eater and I've been eating there since they first opened years ago and they have yet to disappoint. Sounds like you all had a great night! I love that they serve Salsa Verde with their chips. I don't like tomatoes so it's great to have a different option.

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  5. Sarah, I'm so glad you had a great time! I enjoyed hosting the Connecticut Bloggers. You are a fun bunch!

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